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  • Summary: A drama about the eternal struggle between power and weakness, between temptation and surrender, between good and limitless evil.  (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The Devil's Advocate is a sharp, suspenseful and completely satisfying movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    80
    Written with brio and staged rousingly by director Taylor Hackford, the film is good, kitschy fun -- after all, how can you hate a movie that casts litigators as the new legions of Lucifer?
  3. 75
    The Devil's Advocate is a highly-enjoyable motion picture that's part character study, part supernatural thriller, and part morality play.
  4. 70
    Subtlety was never Taylor Hackford's long suit, but that's an asset in this mischievously fortissimo poke at lawyering and capitalist competition.
  5. The Devil's Advocate is a dull morality tale, but a number of bright moments come courtesy of the Prince of Darkness.
  6. 50
    This supremely silly supernatural potboiler is slickly entertaining for just under two hours and absolutely hilarious for 10 minutes near the end.
  7. 30
    The picture starts off slick and amusing, gets convoluted, draggy and strange round about the midway point, and ends up just plain ludicrous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Ndi
    May 3, 2013
    9
    The entire movie is a setup for the end, where Pacino delivers an incredible performance. An original movie, a good setup with an excellentThe entire movie is a setup for the end, where Pacino delivers an incredible performance. An original movie, a good setup with an excellent closing. This is may be my favorite movie.

    It would be a 10, but you can't just put Keanu Reeves on the same stage as Pacino. He looks like he's taking his first year acting exam. He's not an awful actor, but you can see the difference in class.

    This is 10 rating movie, with a slight casting limitation. Definitely, definitely recommend.
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  2. Dec 30, 2012
    9
    The movie plot is interesting, it makes a good effort at presenting a Christian view of some of the ethical & spiritual difficulties (albeitThe movie plot is interesting, it makes a good effort at presenting a Christian view of some of the ethical & spiritual difficulties (albeit magnified) a young up-and-coming attorney goes through. Despite potential theological or doctrinal issues, the director and actors do a great job in this movie. Free will is a simple yet key aspect of the plot, with special reference to balancing marriage a work, as well as work ethics. I have seen this movie many times. Best wishes Expand
  3. May 11, 2013
    8
    Finally got round to watching this film, and I wasn't dissapointed. Dark, stylish and good fun. Pacino is perfect as ever, and even KeanuFinally got round to watching this film, and I wasn't dissapointed. Dark, stylish and good fun. Pacino is perfect as ever, and even Keanu holds his own here. Cool ending too. Expand
  4. Dec 14, 2013
    7
    Diverting supernatural hokum, elevated from the tolerable by a cracking, show-stealing performance by Al Pacino. It's mostly enjoyable,Diverting supernatural hokum, elevated from the tolerable by a cracking, show-stealing performance by Al Pacino. It's mostly enjoyable, sporadically entertaining, but it might stretch your patience as it's nearly two-and-a-half hours long. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2013
    6
    It is not a brilliant movie, but it's amusing. The devil's character begun to be mysterious and with the right speech, but at the end it isIt is not a brilliant movie, but it's amusing. The devil's character begun to be mysterious and with the right speech, but at the end it is ruined by the good vs devil's "cliché" conversation. Expand

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